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01-20-2021 03:48 AM

Lathe for 34”-35” baseball bats - 8 replies

I’m buying my first lathe. I want to turn 11” bowls and baseball bats with finished length of up to 35”. I’m looking at two midi models with extensions – the Laguna 1216+20” extension, or Jet 1221 with 22” extension. I theory these seem to offer 36” and 42” capacity for length, but is that realistic? The Jet seems well loved and is a bit c...

03-06-2019 02:49 AM

Finishing big outdoor picture frames - 3 replies

In the next week I need to assemble, sand and apply a transparent or semi-transparent finish to 7 4X6 poster frames that will live outside for a few months. Appreciate your advice on how you would play it. I need to make some finishing tradeoffs given the timing. Call it 4 days from when the first coat is applied to when it must be ready to b...

02-14-2019 03:56 AM

Small bench for dovetails and tenons - comments? - 7 replies

Hi folks, I’m dialing in a workbench design and although I’ve read a lot of great stuff here I am curious to get feedback… mainly on the rough dimensions and if I’m missing features I would regret adding. I envisioned this as a handtool and joinery station in the garage, and like the idea of it being smaller and easy to f...

01-20-2018 05:40 PM

Fixing a bad glue joint - saggy case - 11 replies

Hey folks, looking for some ideas on how to fix a mistake. I am making a credenza (walnut plywood and faceframe) with a 75” top and some vertical supports for drawers. Not sure how I did this, but I cut the supports too short and glued them up without realizing the error. —the top is now sagging, being pulled down by the vertical sup...

05-02-2017 01:52 AM

Any experience with Laguna B|flux dust collector? - 2 replies

I am looking to get a dust collector for my small garage shop and am curious about this unit… but don’t see reviews anywhere. This is a 1hp 650-CFM 1-Micron cartridge-style portable dust collector that sells for around $500. I like: 1 micronportable ...

11-03-2016 02:34 AM

Help with approach to a large console - 3 replies

Hey, I’m thinking through my next project and am looking for help with several aspects of the approach. I’ve got questions about materials, joinery, forming legs, making sliding doors. Here’s the inspiration. I would build this at about...

07-22-2016 12:57 PM

Window bench: Pocket hole vs more crude method - 6 replies

I am building a 57” wide 24” deep bench in a nook in my bedroom. I plan on screwing 2×4 horizontal supports into the back and side walls of the nook with 4” screws, to form the main support for the bench. I will make 3 horizontal 2×4 supports running the width of the bench, and have a dilemma: Should I join these s...

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